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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Firdawsī (c. 940–1020)

Epigram on Sultan Mahmoud

’TIS said our monarch’s liberal mind

Is like the ocean unconfined.

Happy are they who prove it so;

’Tis not for me that fact to know:

I’ve plunged within its waves, ’tis true,

But not a single pearl could view.